Mahabalipuram is, without a doubt, the most famous archaeological site in southern India, whose port contributed to the spreading of the Indian culture in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.
But what is special about Mahabalipuram? Of course, the temples made of a single rock, the artistic bas-reliefs and the creativity, which is so pure. This city has been qualified as an “open-air museum”.
The site contains a lot of Hindu monuments dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu, but also to Krishna and the heroes of the Mahabaratha. The three main monuments are: the Descent of the Ganges, the Temple of the Coast and the Five Southern Ratha. However, apart from these temples there is much more to discover. Perhaps one of the most interesting thing is the presence of a large, vaguely spherical rock, called the butter ball of Krishna, in a village. Of course it is almost mandatory to take a picture “holding” the huge rock.
You can see temples, temples and even more temples … Given the number of Hindu deities, the truth is that it is justified. And the city of Mahabalipuram, which is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1984, has dozens of them.
If you happen to pass through the south? Do not hesitate to visit this city to learn its impeccable history.